The America's Cup World Series was held over the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons and was a combination of match and fleet racing leading up to the 34th America's Cup. AC45 one-design catamarans, powered by a wing that towers over 20 meters, were used for each World Series regatta and were intended as a smaller version to the larger AC72 class rule which was sailed by competitors during the 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup and the 34th America's Cup. The launch of the first Luna Rossa AC45 took place on January 16th 2012 in Auckland (New Zealand), later the team acquired a second catamaran. The two Luna Rossa catamarans (Piranha and Swordfish) raced for the first time in Naples (7-15 April 2012). At the end of the circuit Luna Rossa Piranha won the trophies for the Overall America’s Cup World Series winner of the season 2012/2013, as well as the ones for the winner of the Newport 2012 Match Race event and for the winner of the San Francisco 2012 (August) Fleet Race event.